Men jailed for drug dealing in Bristol

L-r Jay Cowell, Joe Wilkins, Mark Howard and Jose Paulo De Sousa Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption (L to R) Jay Cowell, Joe Wilkins, Mark Howard and Jose Paulo De Sousa

Four men involved in the supply of drugs in Bristol have been jailed.

They were arrested after an "Aladdin's cave" of drugs, cash and goods was seized during a raid on a house in Hanham in the city in November 2015.

The men were all found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

At Bristol Crown Court, ringleader Jay Cowell, 42, from Bath, was sentenced to 13 years and six months, while the other men were jailed for between four and eight years.

The court heard that Cowell presented himself as a successful businessman but had a lifestyle that did not tally with the income from his car bodywork repairs and respraying company.

Police arrested him and his accomplices after a two-year investigation.

Det Insp Tony Hubbard said: "This was a highly successful operation which has struck at the very heart of an organised crime group's illegal drug activity."

  • Mark Howard, 40, of St George, Bristol, was sentenced to eight years
  • Joe Wilkins, 29, of Soundwell Road, Bristol, was sentenced to seven years
  • Jose Paulo De Sousa, 49, of Lawrence Hill, Bristol, was sentenced to four years

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